Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Global Teacher Prize 2017

Three teachers from Canada have been included in the top 50 shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2017. The prize was set up to recognize an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society. Now in its third year, the US$1 million Global Teacher Prize is the largest of its kind. The prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world. The top 50 have been shortlisted from over 20,000 nominations and applications from 179 countries from around the world. The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on March 19, 2017. 

Yvan Girouard, a Science and Technology teacher at L’École Secondaire Les Etchemins school in Lévis, QC, turned his classroom into a science museum using his personal science collection, including many rare and important items from scientific history. It has energized his pupils to win science competitions and go on to further study in science. In 2016, Yvan received the Canadian Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Maggie MacDonnell has been a teacher at Ikusik School, which is part of Quebec's Kativik School Board in the Arctic, for six years. Maggie created life-skills programs in the community, and since then she has seen a 500% increase in school registration. In June 2016 she was presented with a personal award by the Governor General of Canada.

Armand Doucet from Riverview High School in Riverview, NB created a "Harry Potter Week" campaign in his school, turning the whole school into Hogwarts (each class mirroring a Hogwarts class). His approach to integrating skills-based teaching and academic work has won him the Prime Minister of Canada Teaching Excellence Award and the Meritorious Service Medal of the Governor General of Canada. 

Friday, 9 December 2016

ExploraVision STEM Competition

ExploraVision is a science competition that invites teachers to sponsor and lead groups of 2 to 4 students as they simulate real research and development. Students choose a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles. Entries to the ExploraVision competition are welcomed until February 6, 2017.  exploravision.org

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

French Summer Institutes at UBC

July 10 – 27, French Summer Institutes at UBC. All BC certified teachers and some French Immersion or Dual-track school staff may qualify for a bursary covering tuition and some travel expenses. For more information and to apply for a bursary, visit https://cstudies.ubc.ca/summer-french, email language.programs@ubc.ca or call toll-free 1-866-528-7485.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


The Canadian Women’s Foundation and advertising agency Havas have joined forces to help strengthen girls’ confidence through #GirlPowered, a national campaign that empowers girls to challenge limiting stereotypes and sexist messages in advertising by using their voices. This campaign was created on the premise that every day girls are faced with advertising telling them how to think, dress and act. These constant reminders can affect their mental health – girls aged 9 to 13 experience a sharp decline in confidence and higher rates of depression than younger girls. The campaign features a powerful video of several girls creating a #GirlPowered message and having it displayed to their surprise in real-time on a jumbo screen in Yonge-Dundas Square. To ensure that other girls have the same experience, young women across Canada can go to girlpowered.ca and create their own positive #GirlPowered message and share it on social media. Seeing these words amplified to the world demonstrates that each girl’s voice matters.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Kids Write 4 Kids Call for Entries

Is your child sharing stories on Instagram, Musical.ly or Snap Chat? Do they write outlandish stories for classroom assignments that bring tears to your eyes? Kids Write 4 Kids is seeking children in grades 4 – 8, who have an interest in sharing tales of adventures, travel or something that makes them giggle. Kids Write 4 Kids is an annual writing challenge that provides winner(s) with the opportunity to be a published author before high school. In addition to author fame, the annual proceeds from book sales are donated to that year's winners' schools. School(s) are also provided with the option of selling their author’s book for fundraising. Winner(s) will have an opportunity to take part in the following year’s judging panel. As of 2016, Kids Write 4 Kids has published ten winning titles from youth authors across Canada. These books are available in the Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Find out more about the contest and published titles at www.ripplepublishing.ca or email info@ripplepublishing.ca.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

2016 Gunter History Awards

The Canadian War Museum and the Friends of the Canadian War Museum have awarded the Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Award to five high school seniors in Canada for their outstanding works of art and scholarship on the theme of ordinary people in extraordinary times. Judged by a multidisciplinary committee, the annual awards are open to all graduating high school seniors and carry a $1000 cash prize for each of the winners. This year’s entries explored how the experience of war has changed someone’s life. The 2016 laureates are:
  •   Connor B. Hawes of Grand Forks Secondary School in Grand Forks, BC for his essay “Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times”;
  •    Alexa Ishikawa of Centennial Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC for her video Paper Cranes”;
  •   Chantelle Masterson of Fredericton High School in Fredericton, NB for her artwork entitled “Great Uncle Merle”;
  •   Eric Shepphard of Etobicoke School of the Arts in Oakville, ON for his essay “Every Soldier has a Story”;
  •   Gaurav Varshneya of Magee Secondary School in Vancouver, BC for his video  “Operation: White Dove.”
The winning entries are posted at: warmuseum.ca/education/programs/the-colonel-douglas-h-gunter-award. The call for submissions for the 2017 Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards will begin in September 2016. 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Grants

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation offers grants to deserving school libraries as a means to break the cycle of dwindling bookshelves caused by inadequate funding. As a result of this year's literacy grants, twenty-five high-needs elementary schools across Canada will benefit from the Foundation's $1.5 million annual grant commitment. To see which schools received grants in 2016 and to download an application for the 2017 grants, visit: loveofreading.org.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Accessibility and Inclusive Education

Educators today are faced with the challenge of integrating technology into the classroom and teaching students of all learning styles and abilities, including those with accessibility needs. By providing accessible technology in the classroom, students with a wide-range of learning styles are given equal education opportunities. Find out how seven Canadian teachers have successfully incorporated personalized learning in the classroom at: http://aka.ms/7educators. Microsoft is dedicated to building accessibility into its products and to providing accessibility resources for educators, fostering learning for all. To encourage tech familiarity and adoption, Microsoft has launched a series of free Accessibility Workshops for educators across the country. For more details visit: www.microsoft.ca/accessibilityworkshop. A free educators resource is also available: http://www.microsoft.ca/freeguide.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Small Schools Make A Difference

Congratulations to Superior-Greenstone District School Board on the launch of the first video in a series that celebrates the sense of belonging that the school board has helped to create at its schools. View the video here.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Awards for Canadian Teachers

A number of national and provincial/territorial awards are given to Canadian teachers each year to recognize their outstanding dedication or innovative contributions to the field of education. For more information see the "Other Teaching Awards" link on the Prime Minister's Awards website.

Canadian School Calendar

The Canadian Education Association prepares a school calendar each year, which is free online, download here. The School Calendar provides all opening and closing dates for primary and secondary schools in every Canadian province and territory.